What do I do about a milk bleb?
Milk blebs are also called white spots or milk blisters. They are small white spots at the end of the nipple and can cause a surprising amount of pain for something so small!
They are usually caused by thickened milk or epithelial (skin) overgrowth blocking the duct at the end of the nipple - this could be due to issues with latch or fit and hold.
If it is not cleared it can lead to milk building up behind the blister and this can cause alot of pain!
Sometimes it can be managed quite easily with soaking in some warm water and gently rubbing with a soft face cloth; it may open up when baby feeds and allow the milk to come free and the pain will settle. Some women find using a little olive oil to rub and soften it helps also.
Sometimes they can be more resistant and take longer to settle - you may need to see a health professional to get the blockage released with a needle, or medications prescribed to prevent it from recurring.
If you are worried - make sure you see a breastfeeding professional to get some advice!